Agriculture News

Newly merged entity, North American Lamb Company Ltd (NALC)

Written by NALC Thursday, July 19, 2018

The North American Lamb Company

Canada Gold Beef Ltd, owners of the Innisfail Alberta based SunGold Specialty Meats Ltd. (SunGold) and the Canada Gold Lamb Lot near Iron Springs Alberta, wish to announce the merger of their lamb operations with that of Fresh Canada Meats Ltd, the majority shareholder of Manitoba based Canada Sheep and Lamb Farms Ltd. Fresh Canada Meats is a wholly owned Canadian subsidiary of Integrated Foods Ltd, an integrated lamb producer and processor in New Zealand.

The newly merged entity, North American Lamb Company Ltd (NALC), will control lamb production and marketing for the group encompassing genetics, breeding, finishing, processing and sales. This merger is designed to form a truly Canadian integrated lamb supply chain to provide premium lamb products to domestic and international markets with year-round consistent supply and specification.

Inconsistency has plagued the Canadian sheep industry for as long as it has existed. Growing the lamb product demand in a diverse and growing market such as North America requires a consistent and reliable supply of sufficient scale to allow solid programs to be built with retail and food service partners. NALC is all about bringing together a disciplined, significant and resilient supply chain to benefit such retail and food service customers and ultimately the consumer through recognized branded product lines.

Canada Sheep and Lamb Farms is one of the largest sheep farming operations in North America producing lambs year-round from a breeding flock currently exceeding 35,000 ewes and ewe lambs and soon growing to some 50,000 plus head. This farming system is designed to produce significant numbers of lambs for finishing to market specification at the Canada Gold Lamb Lot.

The Canada Gold Lamb Lot is a state of the art, one of a kind lamb feeding operation in the heart of Southern Alberta cattle feeding country with a licenced one-time capacity of 50,000 lambs. This lamb feeding facility has scope to finish some 200,000 market lambs per year.

SunGold is Canada’s largest federal lamb processing plant. Significant investments have been completed across many areas making it one of the premier lamb processing plants in North America. The plant utilizes many of the latest technologies in processing and value-added production and ships products domestically and around the world to a diverse set of customers.

The merger does not preclude NALC working with both established and new entrant lamb producers as well as other entities who wish to be involved in a unique lamb supply and value chain that is able to provide sustainable opportunities for those capable of disciplined business relationships.

It is an exciting time for NALC and the Canadian sheep industry. The merger is a natural evolution in the maturity of the Canadian lamb industry that has, in the past, suffered from fragmentation and uncertainty. The industry can now aspire to be one that is truly customer driven and achieve sustainable, long term future growth.

What does this mean for producers?
NALC is committed to create a controlled supply and value chain for North America to meet the disciplines of delivery in full, on time and in specification. This business model creates many opportunities for forward thinking producers to both specialise and scale up their lamb operations to create a sustainable future for themselves.

What does this mean for customers and consumers?
NALC is driven by the market need for a Canadian based year-round supply of consistent lamb products. For retail and foodservice customers this means they will be able to work directly with NALC on desired specifications and products including tailored genetics and lamb production programs. For the first time ever, Canadian retailers and foodservice companies will be able to get the volume of Canadian lamb they want, when they need it and at the specifications they require.

For further information please contact:
Gary Alexander
President & CEO
North American Lamb Company Ltd
855-493-6251
g.alexander@nalcgroup.com

Miles Kliner
General Manager
Sungold Specialty Meats Ltd
403-350-0067
miles.kliner@sungoldmeats.com


Alberta Veterinarian Honoured for Dedicating Entire Career to Canadian Livestock Industry

Written by Alberta Lamb Producers Thursday, July 12, 2018

Alberta Veterinarian Honoured for Dedicating Entire Career to Canadian Livestock Industry

Press release:  Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, July 6, 2018 

 

Vancouver, B.C. – Dr. Kathleen Parker was awarded the 2018 Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) Merck Veterinary Award for dedicating her entire career to contributing to the Canadian livestock industry, including poultry, swine, beef, and more recently, small ruminants.
 
After graduating from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) in 1981, Dr. Parker established a mixed animal practice in central Alberta. The large animal ambulatory service has evolved into a comprehensive mixed animal practice today at a clinic in Three Hills, Alta. where she also runs a purebred Suffolk Sheep Farm with her husband.
 
Her dedication and passion for the improvement of animal health has been demonstrated through her lifetime commitment to her own practice, as well the various positions she has held within small ruminant organizations and her involvement with industry events.
 
Dr. Parker remains a valued keynote speaker at symposiums, workshops, and conferences across Canada. She strives to encompass the overall scope of the animal health industry by empowering producers, students, and clients to learn and understand the purpose and benefit of livestock welfare. She is a veterinarian that teaches those around her because it is her belief that knowledge is power.
 
“She has devoted countless hours to producer meetings, continuing education events for producers and veterinarians alike, and has sat on numerous boards and advisory committees,” says Dr. Leisa Floreani, veterinarian at the Fairview Veterinary Clinic Ltd. “Furthermore, she has also mentored dozens of veterinary students from both the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary. The value of her tireless efforts towards developing young veterinarians cannot be overstated.”
 
One of her biggest contributions to the health of small ruminants in western Canada was securing the funding and authors to develop the various modules that make up the Flock Health Manuals available through the Alberta Lamb Producers website (http://ablamb.ca/index.php/resources/flock-health-management/sheep-health-resources).
 
The Merck Veterinary Award, sponsored by Merck Animal Health, is presented to a veterinarian whose work in large animal practice, clinical research, or basic sciences is judged to have contributed significantly to the advancement of large animal medicine and surgery, including herd health management.

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) is the national and international voice for Canada’s veterinarians, providing leadership and advocacy for veterinary medicine. Each year, CVMA proudly recognizes individuals and groups for their outstanding contribution to veterinary medicine. Visit canadianveterinarians.net to learn more about CVMA.


Congratulations to Dr. Parker from Alberta Lamb Producers on receiving this prestigious award!

 


OMAFRA Small Ruminant Research Forum

Written by OMAFRA Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The purpose of the 2018 Small Ruminant Research Forum is to provide the opportunity for researchers, industry representatives, other stakeholders, and government specialist to connect and share information and ideas pertaining to the research, trends, and needs of the small ruminant livestock sectors in Ontario.

Registration:
If you are interested in sharing, collaborating, networking, or learning about research in the small ruminant sectors in Ontario  register today!   Registration is free, but space is limited so sign up early!  

To register: ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca or call 1-877-424-1300 (Ontario only).
Registration deadline is May 01, 2018.


Veterinary Prescription Will Be Required to Obtain Medically Important Antibiotics for use in Animals.

Written by CSF Friday, March 2, 2018

From the Canadian Animal Health Institute:

Effective December 1, 2018 a Veterinary Prescription Will Be Required to Obtain Medically Important Antibiotics for use in Animals.
Change is coming. Medically important antibiotics used in animals will have to be accessed by prescription from a licensed veterinarian as of December 1, 2018. To help farmers, ranchers and animal owners prepare for these changes, we ask that you hang the following poster in a prominent, high traffic area within your facility. This poster lists the impacted antibiotics by brand name and category of medical importance to help animal owners identify the products they currently use.

As of December 1, 2018, a veterinary prescription will be needed to purchase medically important antibiotics (antimicrobials) for use in an animal. These drugs will no longer be available for purchase at livestock medicines outlets, co-operatives, or other places where over-the-counter animal medications are currently sold. Medically important antibiotics will only be available, with a veterinary prescription, from a veterinarian, pharmacist or as a mixed medicated feed from a commercial feed mill.

This change is a result of policy changes made by Health Canada to promote the responsible use of antibiotics in animals. Many of the chemical classes of antimicrobial drugs, or antibiotics, used in animals are also used in humans. Medically important antibiotics are essential for the treatment of serious and life-threatening infections in humans. If these drugs become ineffective due to the development of bacterial resistance, alternative antibiotics may not be available. Drugs with few or no alternatives for the treatment of human infections are considered more important than others.

To obtain a veterinary prescription, animal owners will need to ensure they have an existing veterinarian-client-patient-relationship (VCPR). According to the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, a legitimate VCPR is considered to exist only if medical records of the veterinary practice contain evidence of relevant and timely interaction between the veterinarian, animal owner and animal patients. This may include: farm visits, consultations, direct animal examinations (individual or herd/flock), laboratory reports, production record reviews, etc. The VCPR is not a signed contractual agreement but rather a working connection and interaction between veterinarian, client and specific animal patient or group of animals.

More information about the VCPR can be found at: www.canadianveterinarians.net/documents/importance-of-vcpr

Contact the Canadian Sheep Federation for electronic copies of the posters, by calling 888.684.7739 or emailing info@cansheep.ca 

 


Nominations for 2018 Ontario Outstanding Young Farmer

Written by CCWG Monday, December 11, 2017

Nominations for 2018 Ontario Outstanding Young Farmer

Here’s your chance to recognize someone with the title of the 2018 Ontario Outstanding Young Farmer. The OYF program is designed to recognize farmers that exemplify excellence in their profession and promote the tremendous contribution of agriculture to Ontario’s economy. We are seeking nominations of farmers who contribute to their community, who seek new opportunities and who generally are assets to Ontario’s agri-food industry.

Anyone can nominate a young farmer/farm couple/farm partnership for the award.

The OYF program begins each year with the nomination of farmers at the local level. This award will be presented at the Regional Event to be held next September, in conjunction with Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock.

Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • between the ages of 18 – 39
  • be farm operators
  • derive a minimum of 2/3 of their income from farming

 

More information about OYF & nomination forms can be found at www.oyfontario.ca

Deadline to receive nomination forms is January 15, 2018

Jason / Christina Pyke

613-385-2941

Pyke.christina@gmail.com

pykeview@gmail.com